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Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix

"No Matter What"

By Jacky Wong,
Hong Kong, China

"No matter what they tell us
No matter what they do
No matter what they teach us
What we believe is true

They said that you were wrong, they said nasty things about you. But we believe that you were a talented actor, a good person...

"No matter what they call us
However they attack
No matter where they take us
We'll find our own way back

They said that we are screaming fans. They said that we are just chasing pretty faces. We do not need to prove anything to them. We do not need to argue with them. We might once be, but we have grown up...

"I can't deny what I believe
I can't be what I'm not
I know I'll love forever
I know, no matter what

We love you because of your good looks. But we also love you for your talent. We also love you as a person - you respected all living forms on this planet, you cared for them...

"If only tears were laughter
If only night was day
If only prayers were answered
Then we would hear God say

We cried, we prayed, we lost directions right after you had gone. Sometimes, we still do...

"And I will keep you safe and strong
And shelter from the storm
No matter where it's barren
A dream is being born

We knew that it would not do anything good if we are just sitting there. We have to get up and go on with our life, and to continue to make your dream come true - to make a better world...

"No matter who they follow
No matter where they lead
No matter how they judge us
I'll be everyone you need

Would they blame you, would they forget about you... We will always be on your side. You will always be living in each one of our hearts...

"No matter if the sun don't shine
Or if the skies are blue
No matter what the end is
My life began with you

You came into our lives through films and teen magazine. But you taught us how to respect, to help and to care for all living form by doing it yourself...

"I can't deny what I believe
I can't be what I'm not
I know this love's forever
That's all that matters now
No Matter What

We are your fans, we will not deny it... there is no reason to deny it. You had lived a great life - it was short, but it definitely was a meaningful one...

We love you, River... No Matter What.

This work © Jacky Wong
Lyrics by Jim Steinman - from the Boyzone song 'No Matter What'

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